Oakland County – Daily Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:04:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 LISTEN: The Future Of Downtown Detroit, A New Detroit Zoo Nature Center, Rally’s Expansion And More http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/15/listen-future-downtown-detroit-new-detroit-zoo-nature-center-rallys-expansion/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/15/listen-future-downtown-detroit-new-detroit-zoo-nature-center-rallys-expansion/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:13:11 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40860

Welcome to your Daily Detroit News Byte podcast for February 15, 2018!

Here are your stories:

  • Nearly 350,000 people in Michigan have had their Driver’s Licenses suspended and the Driver Responsibility Fees will be erased.
  • The Detroit Zoo is going to build a new Great Lakes Nature Center in Macomb County
  • Federal funding for keeping the Great Lakes clean is in danger
  • A Ferndale Comic Book shop is closing
  • The Former DPD Headquarters designed by Albert Kahn may see new life
  • Detroit’s a happy place to work
  • Rally’s/Checkers is looking to expand in Metro Detroit
  • There will be a new shopping district by Little Caesars Arena
Eric Larson of the Downtown Detroit Partnership being interviewed at Little Caesars Arena.

Our feature interview is with Eric Larson of the Downtown Detroit Partnership on the future of downtown Detroit, what will happen to Joe Louis Arena, increasing rental rates in Detroit and decreasing property crime rates.

Thanks to our show sponsors:

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In today’s polarized environment, is it possible to instill civility in Detroit as a necessity in all that we do, and not simply a response in times of crisis?

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Detroit Policy Conference returns on Thursday, March 1 at MotorCity Casino Hotel and will focus on creating a culture of civility in Detroit. Learn more about the Conference and see the full agenda at http://www.detroitchamber.com/dpc

And of course, as always, thanks to Podcast Detroit: http://www.podcastdetroit.com

If you like the show, don’t forget to subscribe for free in Apple Podcasts or wherever fine podcasts are found. Here’s a link.

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Your Networking 5 For The Week Of February 13-19 http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/14/networking-5-week-february-13-19/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/14/networking-5-week-february-13-19/#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:27:22 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40848 Greetings all of you go getters!

I hope this week has started off well for you.

We’ve been pretty busy over here at the Daily Detroit Headquarters, but busy is a good thing right?

There are some great events happening this week so go out there and meet some new people.

Casual Networking for Metro Detroit IT Professionals

You know the deal with the IT in the D Casual Networking socials. There are no agendas, no speeches, and no cover charge. This event is a great way to meet other people who are in the same field as you.

Tell Bob and Dave I said hello.

When: Thursday, February 15 from 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Where: Tequila Blue Upstairs at 526 Main Street Royal Oak, Michigan 48067

Detroit Fintech Challenge Kickoff Information Session

The Detroit Fintech Challenge & Pitch Competition will be in April this year. The DFC Competition’s goal is to bring together entreprenuers, coders, and developers to help find solutions to challenges in the financial payment, banking and insurance sectors.

The winner will be eligible to win $50,000 in investment and support services from Kyyba Innovations, as well as mentorship from the organizations network.

The information session will be held this week at TechTown. The information session will go over the details on the competition, goals, rules, eligibility and team formation. You can register for the information session here.

When: Thursday, February 15 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Where: TechTown 440 Burroughs Street Detroit, MI 48202

Masters Mega Mixer at Synchronous Coworking

This is the first time for the Masters Mega Mixer, so let’s be sure to attend this networking event.

This is a pretty low key event with out speakers and formal addresses. Just bring your business cards and get ready to mingle with other business owners and freelancers.

There is a $10 admission. You can register for the event here.

When: Friday, February 16 from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Where: Synchronous Coworking 100 Riverfront Drive Detroit, MI 48226

Business Parents Network-Connection Meet Up

Juggling parenthood, owning a business and networking can sometimes be difficult. Which is why the Spark Collaborative has started having a monthly networking event at the Detroit Parenting Collective.

Did I mention that it includes childcare? Because it does.

This is a great chance to meet the founders of the Spark Collaborative.

Tickets for the event range between $8 to $19 and are based on if you need childcare and how many children will be coming. You can purchase tickets here.

When: Friday, February 16 from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Where: Detroit Parent Collective 8418 West McNichols Road Detroit, MI 48221

City Detroit: Scale Up

Calling all entrepreuners who are looking to scale up your business. This event is for you.

The Build Institute’s Open City panel will take a deep dive into what it takes and when it is the best time to scale your business.

There will be ample time to network before and after the panel.

Tickets for this networking event are free and you can register here.

When: Monday, February 19 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Where: Cliff Bell’s 2030 Park Avenue Detroit, MI 48226

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2018 Detroit Policy Conference

The Detroit Policy Conference will focus on creating a culture of civility in Detroit, exploring what it means to be “civil” and the role that communities play in influencing individual behavior.

Programming will also examine role models of civility, Detroiters that have put their differences aside and are working together to put Detroit first to solve issues and create opportunities for all.

Cost: $159.00 for Chamber members; $235.00 for future members

When: March 1, 2018 from 7:30 a.m-4:00 p.m.

Location: Motor City Casino 2901 Grand River Avenue Detroit, MI 48201

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The Man Who Saved Detroit’s Thanksgiving Parade, Art Van Elslander, Dies http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/12/man-saved-detroits-thanksgiving-parade-art-van-elslander-dies/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/12/man-saved-detroits-thanksgiving-parade-art-van-elslander-dies/#respond Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:01:41 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40853 A local legend as far as business and philanthropy, Art Van Elslander, has died. He was 87.

The founder of Art Van’s in 1959, he grew a store where he was the only employee into a furniture powerhouse based in Warren, Michigan.

Born in 1930 in Detroit, Michigan, Van Elslander was the son of a Belgian immigrant. He grew up in Detroit, selling newspapers and working in his father’s bar as a young boy. At age 14, he discovered his love of fashion when he took a job working at a local haberdashery, Square Menswear. After graduating from Denby High School in 1948 and serving in the U.S. Army, Mr. Van Elslander married, started a family and took a job at Gruenwald Furniture.

He opened his first store in 1959, the sole proprietor of a 4,000 square foot shop on Gratiot Avenue in East Detroit, and headed Art Van Furniture to nearly 4,000 associates and more than 100 Art Van Furniture locations.

The chain was sold to a private equity company in January of 2017 for an undisclosed price.

Van Elslander was also very active in philanthropy, supporting a variety of organizations and received a Max M. Fisher Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 1992. He supported organizations like St. John Providence Health System, Focus:HOPE, Forgotten Harvest and the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph, among others.

Stepping Up

When Detroit’s Thanksgiving Parade company was on its back financially, he was the man who wrote a personal $200,000 check in 1990 to keep it alive after The Parade Company had lost their primary sponsor.

The parade had seen a series of issues. Hudson’s stopped sponsoring in 1980. Later in the decade, in 1988, television network CBS pulled the plug on carrying it nationally.

Van Elslander also helped rebuild the organization, according to reports at the time. Fixing issues with creditors, and putting together more fundraisers. It’s now called America’s Thanksgiving Parade and has events like the Hob Nobble Gobble Presented By Ford and the Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot. The Parade Company also offers tours for organizations.

A family man, Art Van Elslander leaves behind 10 children, his wife Mary Ann, and several grand children and great grand children.

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LISTEN: Nigel Barker, Impossible Wahlburgers, MoGo Love, Detroit Pistons Value And More http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/07/listen-nigel-barker-impossible-wahlburgers-mogo-love-detroit-pistons-value/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/07/listen-nigel-barker-impossible-wahlburgers-mogo-love-detroit-pistons-value/#respond Thu, 08 Feb 2018 03:09:19 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40780

Here’s what we’re covering today on your Daily Detroit News Byte.

Feature Interview: Nigel Barker, Photographer, Personality, Michigan Lover (Twitter)

Thanks to Milo Detroit for their support in making the Daily Detroit News Byte possible. http://www.milodetroit.com

Also, thanks to Podcast Detroit: http://www.podcastdetroit.com

Be sure to subscribe for free in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/daily-detroit-news-byte/id1220563942?mt=2

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LISTEN: The State Of Detroit Transit Today With Paul Hillegonds, RTA Chair; Rob Cramer, SMART; Dave Gifford, Advocate http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/01/listen-state-detroits-transit-today-paul-hillegonds-rta-chair-rob-cramer-smart-dave-gifford-advocate/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/02/01/listen-state-detroits-transit-today-paul-hillegonds-rta-chair-rob-cramer-smart-dave-gifford-advocate/#respond Thu, 01 Feb 2018 05:08:46 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40680

What is the state of Metro Detroit’s transit system? Where do we go from here? Will there be a ballot proposal in 2018? What about universal fare cards? What improvements have been made?

That was all covered at the Transit Riders United Annual Meeting which had a program about the State of Transit.

There are a lot of questions around something that’s pretty critical topic to address for the future of the City of Detroit and the region. We don’t have all the answers, but Sven’s guests do share with us what is happening now.

  • Paul Hillegonds, Chair and Governor Representative of the Regional Transit Authority
  • Rob Cramer, Deputy General Manager, SMART

and then

  • Dave Gifford, Transit Advocate and winner of the 2017 Transit Riders United Activist of the Year Award

Thanks for listening to the show. Don’t miss another episode. We’re on Apple iTunes/Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play or anywhere fine podcasts are found. Go here: http://www.dailydetroit.com/podcasts/daily-detroit-happy-hour-podcast/

And as always, thanks to our members who make this possible and Podcast Detroit for their support.

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NEWS BYTE: Making Woodward Avenue Better, Pop’n Smoked BBQ Expansion And More http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/27/news-byte-making-woodward-avenue-better-popnsmoked-expansion/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/27/news-byte-making-woodward-avenue-better-popnsmoked-expansion/#respond Sat, 27 Jan 2018 06:04:28 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40648

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte for Saturday, January 27th.

Here are your stories:

  • MSU is continuing to fall deeper into scandal
  • The Detroit Tigers have switched up their jersey look
  • Comerica Park is going to stay Comerica Park
  • $500,000 Condos coming to New Center
  • The Leland Hotel is getting a renovation
  • Detroit neighborhood business Pop’N’Smoked BBQ is expanding

And for your feature interview, we talk to Karen Mejia of the Woodward Avenue Action Association (WA3) about what they’re up to along this important stretch of Metro Detroit roadway. More on them here: https://www.woodwardavenue.org/

As always, if you love the show, subscribe on Apple Podcasts/iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/daily-detroit-news-byte/id1220563942?mt=2

We have links to all the services on our show page here.

Thanks to Podcast Detroit: http://www.podcastdetroit.com

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If Oakland And Macomb Counties Don’t Want The Benefits Of Mass Transit, Forget’em http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/24/oakland-macomb-counties-dont-want-benefits-mass-transit-forgetem/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/24/oakland-macomb-counties-dont-want-benefits-mass-transit-forgetem/#respond Wed, 24 Jan 2018 17:24:27 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40614 The ongoing saga of regional transit negotiations is like watching a friend tragically go after dating someone they really, really like – but the person that’s the target of their affection just isn’t interested.

The reality is a four county transit solution isn’t politically workable here. We should accept that and like Indianapolis, an Amazon top 20 city, move on.

One of the things that was surprising on our most recent Daily Detroit Happy Hour podcast was that Indianapolis was a top 20 city when Detroit was not.

So we did some digging.

Rendering of an Indy BRT station.

Indianapolis is underway with improvements including 50 miles of Bus Rapid Transit (across 3 lines!) and a 70 percent increase in short haul bus service. They focused their efforts on Marion County, and although it’s not done, it’s funded. They’re stepping forward.

Meanwhile, Metro Detroit is basically stalled. There are early signs with a FAST bus route that hold promise, and the QLINE putters down Woodward.

What did Indy do? They kept it simple. Yes, the goal is to spread to more counties. But they got started with their transit. And we should do the same.

We’ve tried time after time after time after time. County Executives Mark Hackel in Macomb and L. Brooks Patterson in Oakland have been less than good faith negotiators around the topic. It’s spineless to negotiate a deal, push hard for drastic changes, get those changes, and then not publicly back the deal.

We need to be honest with ourselves and realize that with their competency and ability to push things through, if Hackel and Patterson were actually invested in mass transit it would have already been done. Supporters of transit in those counties need to remember this is a representative democracy and their leadership DOES speak for them, and if they don’t like it, they should work to make them pay where it counts — at the ballot box.

If Wayne and Washtenaw counties make their own backbone transit system happen, the businesses will move. The people will move, and new people will move in.

When it comes to talent and retention, Metro Detroit didn’t make the cut in the Amazon bid. Even outside of the Amazon bid, anyone who is honest about the conversation knows we don’t make the cut.

A transit system connecting the two most dynamic areas of the region will bring more people and more investment.

The world has changed in the last 25 years. One of the reasons why Midtown (and greater downtown) in Detroit is so hot is because it’s the closest thing that Metro Detroit has to a true urban area.

Those neighborhoods are attracting huge amounts of investment, in part, because they’re not like most of Metro Detroit. We’ve interviewed developers who have stopped almost all new development in the suburbs because of these changing demographics and tastes, focusing on cities.

Even if we connected the city of Detroit with places like Dearborn and Grosse Pointe and Canton and Wyandotte and Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, that’s a good thing. Maybe if it’s connected with proper Bus Rapid Transit or Light Rail, you’ll see places like Highland Park come alive.

No, a two-county system isn’t going to connect everything it should, but it will connect more than we have. It’s a step forward, and sometimes you have to walk before you run.

And when this plan is successful, the rest will fall into place. When the suburban detractors, worried about hyper-low taxes and others coming into their cities see their property values drop, and drop hard, they’ll change their tune. There’s a reason Royal Oak is looking at their own city bus system. Their leadership has to know what’s around the corner and that they could get left behind.

But we can’t afford to wait another four or eight years. Detroit’s moment is now. We have to back up our ideas with dollars.

We also have the opportunity to it better than anyone else, using our unique skills.

Ford and GM say they’re a mobility companies now. They’d both be served by a Wayne/Washtenaw transit deal. What if they got involved  to remake the future of transit and mobility that sets them up for future success and benefit our citizens?

What if Dan Gilbert played hardball and decided that he’s going to incentivize his new employees to live inside the new transit zone?

Maybe that’s an out of the box idea, but I’ll take that over our leaders who seem permanently unable to come to agreement like some buddy film featuring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.

I’ll leave it to your imagination to pick who’s Walter and who’s Jack on this issue.

We seem to have no problem spending millions on economic incentives on a regular basis in Detroit and in Michigan. And we seem to clearly have the votes, vision and will in Wayne and Washtenaw Counties.

The time for talking is over. Get it done with people who get it, and ignore the people who don’t.

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Burns Night Is A Scottish Party This Thursday You Won’t Want To Miss http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/23/burns-night-scottish-party-thursday-wont-want-miss/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/23/burns-night-scottish-party-thursday-wont-want-miss/#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:46:46 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40599

Want to celebrate being a Scot, or Scottish culture? Into some literary libations to honor Robert Burns, the Scottish poet and lyricist who is widely-regarded as the national poet of Scotland?

Here’s the ticket you need this Thursday night.

Every January 25, Scotland and Scots around the world come together to celebrate the life and works of the beloved “Rabbie” Burns, considered to be a pioneer of the Romantic movement (and also the author of “Auld Lang Syne”).

Metro Detroit is no different, as Urbanrest Brewing and Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery have partnered up for an event featuring Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery home-made haggis, a savory blend of steel-cut oats, lamb rib meat, heart, liver, suet and seasoning, hand-stuffed in a natural, thick casing.

There also will be a vegetarian haggis, Scotch eggs, traditional neeps & tatties (turnips and mashed potatoes), sausage rolls, and British-style baked beans.

Urbanrest Brewing will have their ‘Not A Scotch Ale,’ a lighter-bodied and lower-ABV style of Scottish ale, as well as their craft brews. The Scottish favorite IRN-BRU, a carbonated orange-colored soda, will also be available for guests to enjoy.

There will also be Scottish dancing and bagpiping by Duncans Highland Supply along with a Burns Night toast and recitation.

If that’s not enough for you, Scottish-themed merchandise, food and gifts will be available for purchase, and guests are encouraged to wear their best tartan — including if you want to go full tilt with a kilt.

We have an interview with Joe Hakim of Ackroyd’s on our Daily Detroit News Byte podcast (iTunes/Apple Podcast free subscription link here). The player is embedded above.

The event is free and open to the public, with food and beverages for purchase.

The event is on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The rntertainment begins at 7:00 PM.

Urbanrest Brewing Company is at 2615 Wolcott Street in Ferndale.

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Your Networking 5 For The Week Of January 23-29 http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/22/networking-5-week-january-23-29/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/22/networking-5-week-january-23-29/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:48:03 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40586 There is no shortage of opportunities to meet new contacts around town this week.

It is hopping with networking events. Have a great week!

Retail Boot Camp Info Session

Are you a retail entrepreneur but need help getting launched?

TechTown has a Retail Boot Camp that is coming up and they will be hosting a Retail Boot Camp Info Session on Tuesday night.

The program will not only help entrepreneurs by giving training but will provide access to start-up capital, affordable space and ongoing business support.

You can find out more information here.

When: Tuesday, January 23 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Where: TechTown 440 Burroughs in Detroit

Be Investable Lunch Session

One of the best parts about being a member at Bamboo is the access to all of their events. One of the events in January is “Be Investable” with Michael S. Melfi a Partner for Bodman PLC and Founder of Be Investable.

Find out the keys to funding and how you can going about securing the funding you need.

Admission is $10 for non Bamboo Members. You can find more information here.

When: Wednesday, January 24 from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Where: Bamboo Detroit 1420 Washington Boulevard Suite 301 in Detroit

Pitch Club Detroit 

Calling all entrepreneurs, Pitch Club is back for 2018!

This monthly event provides entrepreneurs an opportunity to learn from other entrepreneurs and investors. Come out and network, listen to some practice pitches, and also hear a keynote speaker.

When: Wednesday, January 24 from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Where: Next Energy 461 Burroughs in Detroit

Network After Work Metro Detroit at Strata 

If you are looking for a networking event that has a wide demographic of industries then this event might be for you.

Network After Work will be holding their next event at Strata in downtown Royal Oak.

Tickets for the event are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

When: Thursday, January 25 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Where: Strata 366 N Main Street in Royal Oak

Detroit Entrepreneurship Super Sunday

Looking to break out and start your own business?

Come out to the Detroit Entrepreneurship Super Sunday at Entrepreneurs Hub.

The event is free if you RSVP in advance after that the admission goes up to $10.

When: Sunday, January 28 from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Where: Entrepreneurs Hub 1400 Woodbridge Street Floor 4 in Detroit

And thanks to our sponsor that makes the Networking 5 possible, the Detroit Regional Chamber:

Mackinac Sneak Peek

Network with regional business professionals and learn about the ins and outs of the Mackinac Policy Conference at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Detroit on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Mackinac Sneak Peek will allow attendees to discover everything the 2018 Conference has to offer with major programming, events, and best practices for networking on the island. Find out more information here.

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Time To Dust Off Those Dancing Shoes Because Ferndale’s Boogie Fever Is Coming Back http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/20/time-dust-off-dancing-shoes-ferndales-boogie-fever-coming-back/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/01/20/time-dust-off-dancing-shoes-ferndales-boogie-fever-coming-back/#respond Sat, 20 Jan 2018 22:46:16 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=40486 It looks like the owners of Ferndale’s Twisted Tavern want to turn back time and go back to the 70’s and 80’s dance club concept.

People have missed the club so much that Boogie Fever Cafe and Disco will be reopening on the evening of Saturday, January 20.

“After Boogie Fever closed its doors and we opened Twisted Tavern, people still talked about Boogie Fever,” said Mark McConnell, owner of Boogie Fever. “ The nightclub was open for 15 years and was a big part of people’s lives.”

Most of the things that people loved about Boogie Fever will remain the same; like the light up dance floor and mannequin sitting on the half moon above the bar.

There will be some new additions, like a cafe in the front part of the club that will offer seasonal dishes. Guests will be able to grab a bite to eat before dancing the night away.

The club will also have live music on Friday nights starting in February. Friday Night Live will feature some of metro Detroit’s best cover party bands like Fifty Amp, Fuse, Atomic Radio, Phoenix Theory and Rockstar.

Doors open on Friday and Saturday nights at 9:00 p.m. and there is a $5 cover. You can reserve a table by calling 248-541-1600.

Boogie Fever Cafe and Disco is located at 22901 Woodward Avenue Ferndale, MI 48220

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